ALLAN Armer was part of the Great Harwood side which helped to spoil Baxenden’s title hopes last season.
And the Cliffe Park skipper is hoping their local rivals don’t do the same to them this weekend.
Harwood, 15 points clear at the top of the table with four games to go, take on Baxenden tomorrow who still harbour their own hopes of clinching the league title.
Bash’s hopes, though, diminished as they slipped up against Whalley on Sunday while Harwood celebrated a double win weekend to keep them in pole position.
But Padiham are also there waiting to pounce and with all three to play each other over the coming weeks, nothing will be taken for granted.
"It is a massive game for us tomorrow," said Armer. "Baxenden could do to us what we did to them last season, we beat them late on and they lost the title to Blackburn Northern.
"But we also want revenge as they beat us earlier in the season. I wasn’t playing as I was at a wedding but we want the weather to hold as we want to play them - and win."
Armer is in his first and last season as skipper as he looks to finally end Harwood’s 108-year hunt for the title.
"I have played here for 23 years since I was eight years old and have had 16 years in the first team. The big aim has always been for the league title but I think I have won three cups and plenty of runners-up spots so it is nice to be up there challenging again this season.
"We are 15 points clear but we need a good performance against Baxenden and Padiham in the next two weeks and then hopefully things will go our way.
"We are at the top at the moment but there is no point behind top all this time and then not being top at the end of the season - we want to stay there."
Harwood have been through a variety of captains in the last couple of seasons and Armer is only having this one full campaign as skipper as his wife is having a baby.
"I won’t have time to be captain although perhaps they may ask me to stay on if we finally win the title!" he said.
While there may be a new captain, Harwood do hope to have their pro Syed Shahabuddin with them for next season as he is on 88 wickets at the moment and has enjoyed a stunning first season at Cliffe Park.
"We have agreed terms. I know there has been interest from other clubs - some in the Lancashire League - but we hope he comes back to us.
"He always has a smile on his face and seems to enjoy playing for us so we want him back."
But before that, they want to seal a coveted league title and the captain admitted that there is a mixture of emotion every game as there is so much riding on the run-in.
On Saturday, Harwood secured was a narrow win over Ribblesdale Wanderers on run-rate and Armer said they were slightly worried.
"Russell (Whalley) had a text from Baxenden captain Mark Rishton to say that they had bowled Settle out for 44 and won their game.
"We were waiting to see if we had to go out to play as we had come off for rain so it was a worry for us.
"Luckily we had the run-rate required so we got the win,
"Then on Sunday, the ground was wet and I don’t think Settle really wanted to play but the umpires said it was deemed fit.
"Then we heard Baxenden had lost to Whalley and Russell was excited and cheering.
"But we were still playing our game and still had two wickets to go - so I told him to concentrate on our game.
"As it happened the next two wickets fell really quickly as ‘Shobby’ got five wickets in about nine balls. Then we could start a bit of celebrating.
"But it is the closest finish to the season for a while and I am glad we are up there.
"Everyone is staying calm at the moment and I have to make sure they are all sensible at Paul Houldsworth’s mum’s 60th birthday party this weekend - we want to win the title."
Baxenden kept the pressure on by having an easy win over Settle on Saturday with pro Will Purser taking six wickets.
But then it went wrong against Whalley as they chased 160 runs. Callum Waddington got a half century but no one could support him and the defeat severly dented their title hopes and moved them down to third in the league.
OSWALDTWISTLE Immanuel remain at the bottom despite being in the runs all weekend.
They saw off Blackburn Northern on Saturday with pro Andy Kerr top scoring with 62 in their 78-run win. Andrew Metcalf took three wickets.
Then on Sunday, 195 was a tough chase at Clitheroe but they got within an agonising six runs of it. Oliver Clare made 47 and Mitch Taylor 55 but they ended up with the narrow defeat. Immanuel play Edenfield tomorrow.